Winona Ryder quickly rose to become one of the biggest movie names back in the late 80s/ early 90s. Her collaborations with Tim Burton – Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands were enormous hits, Heathers became a high school comedy classic, and The Age of Innocence and Little Women got Ryder Academy Award nominations. Not only is she incredibly talented, but she used to be incredibly hot as well (to be honest she still is) – if I were several years older she’d totally has been among my childhood crushes in the 90s. Those adorable eyes and a lovely smile are exceptional.
In Beetlejuice Ryder starred as Lydia Deetz, a quirky goth teenager, who turns out could see ghosts of Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis’ characters. The girl has strained relationship with her parents, unable to understand her strangeness.
Kevin’s mom, the guy who was outta get Ferris Bueller and Winona Ryder in the dinner robes
Professor McGonagall in her youth
I consider Michael Keaton to be one of the greatest actors ever, and his performance as the titular Betelgeuse was absolutely phenomenal. They guy can really perfectly change into someone else for the role. Nonetheless, Winona Ryder’s Lydia did not look pale in comparison (her make-up for the movie proves otherwise but it’s not the point). Despite being viewed as a problem child, at heart she was a normal kid, definitely not the sadistic sort of goth like Christina Ricci in Addams Family.
Go ahead. Make my millenium. Hahahahaha!
Now, Heathers was one crazy ride. I don’t remember ever seeing it as a child and it’s probably for the better, because such clever and extraordinary writing deserves full understanding and a proper appreciation. I’m hugely surprised it wasn’t a big theater hit. The young cast including Ryder, Christian Slater and Shannen Doherty really rocked in this not so cliché high school film. The dark and shocking twists are completely unexpected, and they are only equaled by the abundance of humor and witty dialogues.
There was another picture in the 90s that Winona did and I’ve seen it only recently. Reality Bites, a Ben Stiller-directed rom-com is a brilliant film, which made me nostalgic as hell. Starring Ryder, Stiller, Ethan Hawke and Janeane Garofalo, and featuring Lisa Loeb’s great tune ‘Stay (I Missed You)’, the movie deals with problems of the Generation X’s people in their twenties.
Woo, it’s Keith David from Community!
David Spade’s astounding performance as a Wienerdude
Baby, I Love Your Way
I’m not a huge Stiller fan, but boy, is Reality Bites a stunning production. While romance and comedy are played up in the film, the drama is also there. Entering the true adulthood brings all sorts of issues like career, finding a job, falling in love and discovering the true self. While being caught up in the romantic triangle with Michael (Ben Stiller)and Troy (Ethan Hawke), Lelaina (Ryder) has to find answers to her own problems.
Little Women, Edward Scissorhands
Netflix’s Stranger Things brought Winona Ryder back into the spotlight. Honestly, who’s a better candidate to pay homage to 1980s movies than the actual film star from that period. I was wondering if I should jump on the Stranger Things hype train just like every other person, but then I thought – it’s a damn good television series so why not.
Everyone is fawning over the kiddos in the cast (they were great, but I’m never really sure how to evaluate their acting accordingly) though I was mostly mesmerized by David Harbour’s Jim Hopper and of course Winona’s performance as Joyce Byers. Hell hath no fury like a mother scorned, and Joyce is even ready to battle monsters in order to save her son. It was amazing that just by watching her eyes she expresses fear and determination and plentitude of other emotions.
Winona Ryder’s basically twice the age she was at the peak of her popularity, yet still looking as good as ever, and proving that the talent does not simply wither away.
I mean sure, the lists of fantastic actresses include the likes of Meryl Streep, Audrey Hepburn, Bette Davis, Diane Keaton, Shirley MacLaine, that damn Helen Mirren (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBZj7qIOAE8), Sally Field or Jody Foster. But I strongly believe Winona Ryder is definitely up there among the movie giants. What a great career.